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Jordan Downgrades Ties with Qatar, Asks Doha Envoy to Leave Amman



Jordan announced that Amman has decided to reduce its diplomatic status after studying reasons behind the tension between Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE and Bahrain with Qatar.

Al-Jazeera reported that Jordanian government Spokesman Mohammed Momani said in a statement that the decision was made to ensure regional stability, coordinate the policies of Arab countries and “end the crises in our region.”

He also stressed Amman has decided to cancel license for the Qatar-based Al-Jazeera news channel’s office in Jordan, adding that he hoped that tensions will be dissolved to build a better future for this region

A Jordanian government source also said early Wednesday that the Qatari ambassador in Amman has been asked to leave the country within days, Al-Arabiya News Channel reported.

Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Egypt cut off diplomatic ties with Qatar on Monday, and suspended air and sea communication one week after the Arab Islamic American Summit in Riyadh. Later, Libya and Maldives joined that list of nation to break off diplomatic relations with Doha.

Qatar protested the unjustified decision of Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and the United Arab Emirates to cut ties with the country.

“We regret the decision to sever relations,” the the Qatari Foreign Ministry said in a statement, adding that “these measures are unjustified, they are based on assertions without foundation.”

“The State of Qatar is an active member of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the [Persian] Gulf [GCC], respects its charter, respects the sovereignty of other states and does not interfere in their internal affairs, and also fulfills its obligations to combat terrorism and extremism,” the ministry stressed.

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